Megatron and Prime (or young Prime eg Orion Pax) are forever at war. So I figured why not pair these two stylish looking Generations figures together.
Orion Pax is pre-war era robot who later became Optimus Prime. This version of Megatron I tend to call IDW Stealth Bomber Megatron as he made his debuted in the comics as a black bomber plane, before the design was re-appropriated by Hasbro and made into a toy and later still by third party Generation Toy who made an MP style version of this toy.
Both Orion and Megs have exceptional paint and color schemes going on here. And both are rather tiny as they were made during an era when the budget was cut back, making them some of the smallest Deluxe figures we’ve seen.
And yet almost ironically, the paint looks quite lavish compared to toys in recent years. While Megatron lacks in many ways, Orion is the stand out figure when it comes to fantastic articulation, great balance and a fun cohesive transformation and decent cybertronian alt mode.
Love those faction logos, so crisp! While Orion poses well in almost any position, sadly Bomber Megs can barely stand up. I had to mess around for several minutes to get him to stand up at all.
Pax has great knee, hip and foot articulation and both toys have nice knee panel-covers so you don’t get unsightly joints staring you in the face. It’s the kind of stuff you see on 3P and official MP figures these days, and it’s hard to forgive the downhill slide of mainline modern figure that have gotten cheaper and simpler over the years.
Megatron is a real looker, even if he does lack his purple panel line highlights from the comic art (that were present on the Takara version). It’s not hard to add them in yourself if you have a fine tipped brush or pen etc. Without them he is a bit plain, as the flowing purple energon look was like his lifeblood just isn’t there.
Yep, you can see how the comic art really glows with those highlights.
Back to Orion and while he could have done with a wrist cover panel, otherwise he is a pretty amazing figure.
The sculpting and detail are beautiful, so much personality to these two figures.
He may lack in highlights, but Megatron is still a classy looking figure overall.
Orion can bust out just about move you can think of. And he is the one of the most stable deluxes I’ve messed around with. Exceptional balance and joints that are just tight enough to hold a pose, but no so tight as to cause un-necessary wear and tear.
The waist swivel and hip joints are great, he’s very stable.
I put him at these angles JUST to see if he would tip over. Nope. Poses like a champ.
Bomber Megatron on the other hand, it took me several minutes to pull this one off. He fell over perhaps 20 times. The thing is, he can’t stand up normally. Topples over. But if you monkey around you can get him into this ridiculous position. And it’s weirdly more stable than just standing in a neutral position. Still – if the wind blows Megs is going down without a fight.
I have not messed around with these figures for a while. I was surprised to notice that not only does Orion have the knee cover panel, his leg bends in more than one spot and he even has some basic ankle tilts. Not bad for a TF toy released around 2013.
So why does Megatron look great , but have trouble doing much of anything? It comes back to the nuisance feet and lower legs. They just don’t contact any surface properly. So it throws every thing off, the rest of him is quite stable.
Pax comes with two cool guns and a really cool energon axe that I gave to a Sharkticon.
These guys are beautiful, but really tiny. Here they are with duocon Battletrap
From the back and Orion is relatively tidy, just a gap in that wheel well in his back – while Megatron is hollow just about everywhere, another issue affecting his balance.
I love the clear bit on Orion’s chest, and how the faction logo is just underneath it.
His face sculpt is really nice. Classic powder blue prime eyes, darker blue helmet and nice metallic forehead crest and face plate.
Some official art that shows off Megatron’s fusion cannon (also seen it referred to as a rail gun) and Orion’s energon axe.
On to the alt modes. Orion turns into a compact little vehicle that is a little odd, but cool in hand. I assume it’s meant to be Cybertronian.
Bomber megs looks really cool. As with most Jets etc hard to get a decent picture without a flight stand. Just don’t turn him upside down, it’s rather unsightly, as with most Jet-formers.
Next to each other, these guys are great. Both have classy alt modes and nice little details that make them stand out.
Legends scale Beachcomber for size shows you just how small but impressive these guy are.
Well that’s it. Hope you enjoyed a quick look back at two classy Transformers toys that I really love, flaws and all. One day I might get that Generation Toy Megaton as it really does justice to the original design.